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Brad McGowan

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Was just wondering who is using what. I am trying to figure out what I would need to do a nice job without spending a small fortune on something that will see minimal use. Right now I am leaning towards a Harbor Freight HLVP Spray Gun.
 

Greg Riutzel

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I've used the HF Pro HVLP spray gun a couple of years ago. For $75 it was ok and did a good job. The cleaning kit, an accessory, makes keeping it in shape easy with little waste.
 

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I used to be a bodyman and painter for many years.. my go to is my old suction feed Sharpe or Devillebiss gun but I do have a harbor freight pro HVLP gun and it works well.. If you have a low volume air compressor go with the HVLP as it takes less air.. And practice with the gun before you shoot paint and it should come out good..
 

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Also you may want to go to your local auto body supply store and buy a good resperator that has charcoal filters.. Todays paint can be nasty stuff.. Take that from this lung cancer survivor and former painter..
 

Brad McGowan

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Also you may want to go to your local auto body supply store and buy a good resperator that has charcoal filters.. Todays paint can be nasty stuff.. Take that from this lung cancer survivor and former painter..
Great advice, I always wear a good respirator.
 

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All the spray guns I have sit right on top of the cans! (insert smiley face here_______)
Same here.

Old style:

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For some paint cans the nozzle is bigger so the newer style is required.

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Old style installed:

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I use the el-cheapo Hazzard Freight HVLP gun for $15-20. It works pretty good for the money.
I too have been using one of those for 8 years. It is ugly and actually starting to show wear in some areas, but still works great. It does no better than the special $400 paint gun I bought to paint my sailplane. Seems like about the only thing spending more $$$ gets you is potentially less overspray. The quality of the finish is 90% the prep work you do and how accurately you mixed the paint for the temperature at application time.
 

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I use a "finish gravity spray gun" I bought at Lowes. It is smaller, and works fine for me for around $40 bucks. Rattle cans are ok until they start spitting gobs of paint and make a mess of a pretty paint job! :yikes:
 

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